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Located in the Arabian Gulf, Bahrain encompasses over 30 islands. Historically, the nation has always been at the center of prominent trade routes. Once a sleepy pearling island, Bahrain’s tolerant, permissive monarchy and its laid-back vibe has made it an attractive destination for all. Visitors here can explore the Bahrain Pearling Trail which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The country enjoys Mediterranean climate throughout the year, most visitors are drawn to its extensive range of beautifully appointed resorts and hotels. Bahrain has an affable history. It is considered by some to be the former home of the biblical Garden of Eden. Presently, visitors will find that there is much to do in this modern country. Bahrain hosts the Formula 1 grand prix annually, its high-octane glamor complements the nation’s extravagant wealth, a hallmark of modern Arabian lifestyle. The country has a vibrant art and culinary scene which is growing rapidly, fuelled by the sizeable expat population. Bahrain is home to umpteen international restaurants which serve regional Arab food alongside sumptuous cuisines. Major attractions in Bahrain are Qal'at al-Bahrain Fort (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Bab Al Bahrain, Al Fateh Grand Mosque, King Fahd Causeway, Amwaj Islands, Tree of Life, The Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park, and Hawar Islands.
Popular Destinations in Bahrain
Bahrain’s historic capital, Manama is a modern oasis of the Middle East
which caters to varied preferences. The small capital is an atmospheric
place owing to its buzzing street life. With over 6,000 years of history,
Manama is lined with an array of historic, archaeological, and
architectural landmarks such as the the Al-Fateh Mosque, Khamis Mosque,
Bahrain Synagogue, Bab Al Bahrain, and Qal’at al-Bahrain Fort. The
impressive Qal’at al-Bahrain Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built
by the Portuguese in the 16th century. The cultural city is also
home to a number of state-of-the-art museums such as the Beit Al Quran
(Museum for ancient Quran manuscripts), and Abdullah Al Zayed House for
Bahraini Press Heritage. Most notable is the acclaimed Bahrain National
Museum which displays artefacts across its 6,000-year history, even from
the ancient Dilmun civilization.
Located on the Muharraq Island, Muharraq city is well known for its winding
narrow alleyways lined with traditional Bahraini houses. The Sheikh Isa Bin
Ali House with its intricately carved doors and ornate panelling is the
most famous landmark of the city. Nearby, visitors will find Siyadi House,
a 19th century traditional complex encompassing the oldest
mosque in the city, Siyadi Mosque. Like other gulf cities, Muharraq has
multiple vibrant souks, the Souk al Qaisariya and the Muharraq Souk are
full of vendors selling everything from pearls, and spices to handwoven
fabrics. The Al Oraifi Museum showcases artworks related to the ancient
Dilmun civilization, and has several pieces by the internationally reputed
Bahraini artist, Rashid Al Oraifi. Other major landmarks in Muharraq are Bu Maher Fort, Sail Monument,
Mohammed Bin Faris House for Sut Music, and Marina Beach Garden Park.
Located on the Muharraq Island, Arad is a town which lies northwest of Hidd
and east of Muharraq City. Originally, a stand-alone island, Arad joined
the Muharraq island over the course of the 20th century. The
town used to be a small farming village inhabited by Baharna Shia. A part
of the Muharraq Governorate, Arad eventually expanded to include
middle-class housing, which led to migration of a large Sunni population. A
top tourist attraction, the 15th century Arad Fort is emblematic
of the city. Overlooking Muharraq’s sea passages, the Islamic style Arad
Fort is among the most important fortified castles in the country. Other
tourist attractions in Arad are the Al Muharraq Stadium, headquarters of
the Islamic Society, Shaikh Ebrahim Center, Halat Nuaim Island, Hanging
Garden, and Bait Shaikh Salman.
Best Time to Visit Bahrain
Bahrain’s major event, Formula 1 takes place during the months of March and April. The best time to take Bahrain flights is from December to April when the weather is pleasant. For those who wish to avoid crowds and get economical flights, October to November is the ideal time to take cheap flights to Bahrain.
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